Tom’s once-in-a-lifetime experience carrying Olympic Torch

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 May 2012

Tom Easterby

Tom Easterby

Shane Dean

A FIFTEEN-year-old from Worle said he had ‘one of the best days of his life’ when he carried the Olympic torch.

Priory Community School student Tom Easterby carried the torch 300 metres through the Somerset village of Williton on Monday.

He won the chance to carry the torch after being selected as part of the Coca Cola’s Future Flames competition, which picked 1,300 young people across the country who had made a telling contribution to their community to carry the torch.

The competition judges, who included chart-topping rapper Dizzee Rascal, were impressed by his attitude and sporting ability.

Tom, of St Mark’s Road, is a champion high jumper in North Somerset and a winger for Hornets Rugby Club.

He was kitted out in one of the special torch-bearer’s uniforms as he carried the iconic flame through Williton on its 8,000-mile journey across the country.

He said: “To run with the Olympic torch was amazing. It was an unbelievable day, I felt really nervous, but excited while I was waiting for my torch to be lit.

“When I started running, the crowds were cheering and shouting my name.

“I felt very special and I started to relax and enjoy the moment.

“When I got to the end, I just wanted to do it all over again. It was one of the best days of my life and a day I will never forget.”

His mum, Sharon, added: “When I saw Tom turn the corner in Williton I felt extremely proud and very emotional.

“It was a truly fantastic day and I now have memories that will last a lifetime.”

Carys Davies, aged 26, of Puxton Road, Puxton, was selected to carry the flame on Tuesday in recognition of her volunteering for the National Autistic Society as well as work for the Brownies and Rainbows.

She was inspired by her brother Gareth, aged 28, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, which is related to autism.

Carys also recently completed the Race for Life run for charity.

She carried the torch through part of its route in Ilchester.

Her mum, Carole Davies, said: “Carys is outward looking, selfless in her efforts for others and deserved this wonderful accolade of carrying the torch.”

Carys said: “When I was first nominated, I was a little bit embarrassed. But it is a chance to do something hugely exciting and raise more awareness for charity.”

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